Véronique Gauthier Lecaros is an associate researcher at the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (IDHEPUCP). Her field of expertise is Latin American religion. She holds a PhD in theology from the University of Strasbourg (France), a PhD in Art History from the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), and two Masters in Philosophy from Stanford University and Sorbonne University. She has directed and taken part in various research projects financed by the Italian Bishops Conference, the Templeton Foundation, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and the Universidad Jesuita Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (UARM). Her research has been published in journal and newspaper articles in Europe and America and has also resulted in several books, including La Conversión al Evangelismo published in both Spanish and French (L'Harmattan). In addition to her research, she has been teaching graduate-level courses on Peruvian culture and religion for 13 years at PUCP. With funding from a Jack Shand Research Grant, she is currently researching the impact of Christian conversion as a safe way out of criminal gangs in Peru.
She will be teaching “RELIGST 143V: Christianity, Pentecostalism, and Social Challenges in Latin America” in Spring 2019.